Duo screen for suc­cess

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

WITH the cur­rent thirst for craft and hand­made items, it is no sur­prise the trend has spread to home tex­tiles in the form of screen prints.

Screen print­ing is a tech­nique that lets you dec­o­rate fabrics with the pat­terns of your choice by trans­fer­ring ink through a sten­cil and framed screen.

It is a skill in­te­rior de­signer Marena Von Behr learned at a com­mu­nity col­lege be­fore tak­ing it to a new level with her sis­ter-in-law, il­lus­tra­tor Aura Parker.

The duo com­bined their tal­ents four years ago and started Stu­dio Bon­nie.

They cre­ate tex­tile de­signs that are then turned into art­works, cush­ions and framed em­broi­dery hoops.

“We started ex­hibit­ing on our own and ad­mired each other’s work so we de­cided to col­lab­o­rate,” Parker says.

In­spired by ev­ery­thing from wildlife to their daily life, the duo cre­ates every in­tri­cate de­sign to­gether.

“We sketch ev­ery­thing and scan it into the com­puter, clean it up with pho­to­shop and then make the screens,” Behr says.

“We tend to have hid­den mean­ings in each art­work. The vase on The Busy Life, Still Life with girls work­ing on a farm is based on an or­na­ment I had as a child and a cookie jar on the ta­ble was Aura’s grand­mother’s.”

Stu­dio Bon­nie will be part of the Fin­ders Keep­ers Mar­ket in Eveleigh from De­cem­ber 9 to 11. See more of their work at stu­diobon­nie.com

Clock­wise from top: Stu­dio Bon­nie’s Rock­pool silk print; founders Marena Von Behr and Aura Parker; screen print­ing a rain­for­est de­sign.

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